Local TV ratings, according to a source, are up this season. But, they couldn’t be much lower than they were last season, when Philly averaged just 23,000 viewers per game for its game broadcasts — barely enough to fill the 76ers’ arena. The Sixers are next to last in the league in average attendance, according to ESPN.com, averaging 14,240 per game through seven home games. That’s a little higher than last season’s 30th-ranked average of 13,940.
Talks to hammer out a new carriage agreement between the cable giant and the Fox Sports-owned regional sports network broke down, leading Comcast to pull the plug on the channel that airs the games of the New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets and the NYC Football Club. Comcast’s footprint covers roughly 900,000 homes in New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The first game affected will be the Nets’ Wednesday night game against Charlotte.
“You’re good on TV, but you’re better as a writer. Get working on those columns. And when are you gonna update that basketball book?” Obama is referring to Simmons’s 2009 best seller about the NBA, The Book of Basketball, which Simmons has long promised to update. “Come on, man,” Obama says. “I got a lot of assignments for you.”
Barack Obama: If I’m working out in the gym, sometimes I’ll go to NBA Classics and watch some of these old classic games— The lack of HD really hurts—you can barely see anybody. BO: It’s true—and the graphics at the bottom are terrible. But a thing that you’re reminded of, watching those old Bulls games, is Jordan had some stinker games in the playoffs. But he would get that out of his mind, and then the next moment comes and he’s right there. He could have a terrible game for the first three quarters and then suddenly go crazy the fourth. Or he might miss a free throw, and then the next play is he’s stealing the ball and hitting the game-winning shot. Part of what I try to do—not at the level that Jordan did on the basketball court, but part of what you aspire to as president or any of these positions of leadership—is to try to figure out how to be in the moment, make the best decision you can, know that you’re going to get a bunch of them right, but a bunch of times you’re also not going to get it exactly the way you want it.
They’re back, though, in a big way for the Wolves this season — as was a rare 5 p.m. Saturday game in Chicago a week ago — partly for this reason: Midafternoon in Minnesota is 9:30 p.m. in Barcelona and prime time, too, elsewhere in neighboring countries and cultures where the evening’s activities just start later. The first soccer game NBA vice president of global media Matt Brabants ever attended in Madrid started at 9:30 p.m. “I thought it was ridiculously late,” Brabants said. “We had dinner at a restaurant at 8, which was early. Everything starts later. Watching a game at 9:30 on a Sunday or midnight on a Saturday is pretty normal for Europeans, so it works to our benefit.”